There are so many divine summer colours and flavours available at the moment, it seems a crime not to inhale them while they are around! This recipe from HelloFresh uses sweetcorn, delicious King Sweeties and courgettes – all of which make me very happy. Give it a go while you can still get the ingredients so cheaply!

Portuguese-style Chicken Strips with Roasted Vegetables & Aioli

Ready in 30 minutes. Serves 4.

Ingredients

  • 2 red onions
  • 2 King Sweetie capsicum (any colour)
  • 2 courgettes
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 fresh sweetcorn, removed from cob (or approx. 1 cup)
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes (or fresh chilli)
  • 800g skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • Parsley and aioli, to serve

Method

Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan-forced. Cut the red onion into 2cm wedges. Slice the King Sweetie capsicum into thin strips. Cut the courgette and carrot (unpeeled) into 2cm chunks. Place the veggies on an oven tray lined with baking paper, drizzle with olive oil, season with a pinch of salt and pepper and toss to coat. Cut the corn cob in half and place on the tray. Roast until the veggies are tender and the corn is golden, 25-30 minutes. Slice the lemon (see ingredients list) into wedges.

While the veggies are roasting, finely chop the garlic (or use a garlic press). In a medium saucepan, melt the butter with a dash of olive oil over a medium heat. Add 1/2 the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add the basmati rice, water and 1/2 the salt, stir and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and cover with a lid. Cook for 10 minutes, then remove from the heat and keep covered until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed, 10 minutes. TIP: The rice will finish cooking in its own steam so don’t peek!

In a medium bowl, combine the smoked paprika, brown sugar, remaining salt, remaining garlic, a small squeeze of lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of chilli flakes (if using). Add the chicken breast strips to the marinade and toss to coat. Set aside. Roughly chop the parsley (reserve a few leaves for garnish).

When the veggies have 5 minutes cook time remaining, heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook, tossing, until browned and cooked through, 3-4 minutes. TIP: The sugar in the marinade will caramelise slightly in the pan, this adds to the flavour! TIP: The chicken is cooked when it is no longer pink inside.

Remove the corn cobs from the oven tray and set aside. Fold the roasted veggies, parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice through the garlic rice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Divide the roasted veggie garlic rice between bowls. Top with the Portuguese chicken strips and corn cobs (spread with a little butter if you like). Top with the smokey aioli and reserved parsley leaves. Serve with the remaining lemon wedges.